Current Events in Science Policy
weekly news update

September 14, 2015

Edited by Kate Stoll, Senior Policy Advisor, MIT Washington Office


Congress resumed on September 8th with a full plate of legislation to address, not least of which is federal funding for the new fiscal year. Legislators must pass a continuing resolution or come to a larger bipartisan budget deal that addresses the level of spending caps by October 1st to prevent a government shutdown.(Sources: American Institute of Physics, New York Times)


DOE Secretary, Ernie Moniz, and leaders released a major “Quadrennial Technology Review” on energy technology and related advanced manufacturing pathways on September 10th. The report includes input from more than 700 energy experts on promising research areas. (Sources: Department of Energy, Science Insider)


To inform the crafting of the next America COMPETES Act, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee seeks input on STEM education and workforce issues. The Committee posted 5 questions to seek input on the outcomes, efficiency, evaluation, and best practices in STEM education. Comments can be sent to (Source: Consortium of Social Science Associations)  

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